Bible: Matthew 17
17:1 Six days later 1 Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John the brother of James, 2 and led them privately up a high mountain. 17:2 And he was transfigured before them. 3 His 4 face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. 17:3 Then Moses 5 and Elijah 6 also appeared before them, talking with him. 17:4 So 7 Peter said 8 to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you want, I will make 9 three shelters 10 – one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 17:5 While he was still speaking, a 11 bright cloud 12 overshadowed 13 them, and a voice from the cloud said, 14 “This is my one dear Son, 15 in whom I take great delight. Listen to him!” 16 17:6 When the disciples heard this, they were overwhelmed with fear and threw themselves down with their faces to the ground. 17 17:7 But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Do not be afraid.” 17:8 When 18 they looked up, all they saw was Jesus alone.
17:9 As they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, 19 “Do not tell anyone about the vision until the Son of Man is raised from the dead.” 17:10 The disciples asked him, 20 “Why then do the experts in the law 21 say that Elijah must come first?” 17:11 He 22 answered, “Elijah does indeed come first and will restore all things. 17:12 And I tell you that Elijah has already come. Yet they did not recognize him, but did to him whatever they wanted. In 23 the same way, the Son of Man will suffer at their hands.” 17:13 Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them about John the Baptist.
The Disciples’ Failure to Heal
17:14 When 24 they came to the crowd, a man came to him, knelt before him, 17:15 and said, “Lord, have mercy on my son, because he has seizures 25 and suffers terribly, for he often falls into the fire and into the water. 17:16 I brought him to your disciples, but 26 they were not able to heal him.” 17:17 Jesus answered, 27 “You 28 unbelieving 29 and perverse generation! How much longer 30 must I be with you? How much longer must I endure 31 you? 32 Bring him here to me.” 17:18 Then 33 Jesus rebuked 34 the demon and it came out of him, and the boy was healed from that moment. 17:19 Then the disciples came 35 to Jesus privately and said, “Why couldn’t we cast it out?” 17:20 He told them, “It was because of your little faith. I tell you the truth, 36 if you have faith the size of 37 a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; nothing 38 will be impossible for you.”17:21 [[EMPTY]] 39
17:22 When 40 they gathered together in Galilee, Jesus told them, “The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men. 41 17:23 They will kill him, and on the third day he will be raised.” And they became greatly distressed.
The Temple Tax
17:24 After 42 they arrived in Capernaum, 43 the collectors of the temple tax 44 came to Peter and said, “Your teacher pays the double drachma tax, doesn’t he?” 17:25 He said, “Yes.” When Peter came into the house, Jesus spoke to him first, 45 “What do you think, Simon? From whom do earthly kings collect tolls or taxes – from their sons 46 or from foreigners?” 17:26 After he said, “From foreigners,” Jesus said to him, “Then the sons 47 are free. 17:27 But so that we don’t offend them, go to the lake and throw out a hook. Take the first fish that comes up, and when you open its mouth, you will find a four drachma coin. 48 Take that and give it to them for me and you.”